It doesn’t take a lot of effort to bring out the sweet, nutty flavor of brussels sprouts. This simple recipe uses only light seasonings, and then lets the sprouts shine. A garlic and balsamic glaze makes a dramatically flavorful sauce to drizzle on top. Ideal for a […]
Month: May 2017
Despite looking like a bar snack, these stuffed mushrooms are 100 percent good-for-you. Each mushroom is filled with a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, onion, and creamy ricotta, and topped with a sprinkling of mozzarella that bakes to a beautiful golden brown. Garlic and crushed […]
This quick banana mousse recipe makes an unbelievably satisfying dessert or snack. Whipped bananas have a light and creamy texture that can be made into a sweet tooth-satisfying dessert that packs wholesome nutrition.
Sweetened with honey and vanilla extract, then mixed with yogurt, this banana mousse tastes like a light and fluffy pudding. With only 79 calories per serving, you can even eat it for breakfast!
We suggest topping each serving with banana slices and mint leaves, but you can dress up this dessert even more with fresh berries, sliced grapes, and a sprinkling of orange zest.
Total Time: 55 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings
2 Tbsp. reduced-fat (2%) milk
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1¼ medium bananas, sliced, reserve 8 slices for garnish
1 cup reduced-fat (2%) plain yogurt
4 fresh mint leaves (for garnish; optional)
1. Place milk, honey, extract, and bananas in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Place milk mixture in a medium bowl. Fold in yogurt; mix well. Cover.
3. Chill in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 45 minutes.
4. Portion mousse into four small serving bowls. Garnish each with two banana slices and one mint leaf.
In winter, when citrus season is at its peak, this refreshing fennel and orange salad’s bright notes are a beacon of the warmer months to come and the paper-thin shavings of fennel and onion makes it a light counterpoint to heavier cold weather dishes. When […]
Spring and summer bring with them a rainbow of vibrantly-colored fruits and vegetables that beg to be combined into gorgeous meals that please the eye as well as satisfy a hungry belly. These bright and beautiful Rainbow Vegetable Skewers are one of the rainbow recipes […]
Avocado-lovers, meet your new favorite salad dressing.
Avocados are my guilty pleasure. I could eat them every single day, and sometimes do. I‘ll admit it, I’m guilty of eating an entire avocado in one sitting, scooping out one creamy bite after another with a spoon until there’s nothing left. It’s not the worst cheat meal in the world, but it does have a lot of fat.
When I make a salad, I want there to be a little piece of avocado in every bite. It’s so hard to add just ¼ avocado to my bowl (that’s the recommended serving size, and the equivalent of one blue container in the Portion Fix). This avocado dressing is the answer to that problem!
This creamy, Southwestern-style salad dressing coats every bite of salad with the flavor of rich avocado. That’s because for this avocado dressing recipe, you blend a whole avocado with garlic, onion, lemon juice, and parsley to make a luxuriously silky base. A little bit of Greek yogurt gives it a consistency similar to ranch or Thousand Island dressing… but with healthier fat and a boost of protein. It’s a good way not to ruin a healthy salad with an unhealthy dressing.
But, don’t be afraid to think outside the salad bowl! This avocado dressing is delicious on sandwiches and wraps, drizzled over steamed vegetables, and ties together all of the ingredients in a grain bowl.
Want to turn up the heat a little bit? Swap out the parsley for cilantro, and add half of a fresh jalapeño with the seeds removed. Drizzle it on this Black Bean Salad, or use it to add the finishing touch to Fish Tacos.
Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
1 ripe medium avocado, cut into cubes
½ cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
9 fresh parsley sprigs, chopped
1. Place avocado, yogurt, garlic, onion, lemon juice, and parsley in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
Confession: I’ve eaten hummus with a spoon. And while I’m at it, I’ve also eaten black beans right out of the can. I’m admitting these things because this is a safe space, but mainly because we’ve got a delicious recipe that combines these two […]
These grown-up creamsicles have everything you want in a fresh summer dessert — a hint of tropical coconut, vanilla-kissed blueberries, light dairy that allows the honey-sweetened pop to pause on your tongue — and nothing you don’t want like added refined sugars and […]
Popsicles make me feel like a kid running through the sprinklers in the summertime. I’d hear the ice cream truck’s jingle in the distance, and race over to my parents to beg for change. There was just something so special about buying an ice pop from that rickety old truck and enjoying it in the hot sun as it dripped down my arm. “Red” was always my first choice when selecting a popsicle. It didn’t matter what the actual flavor was. As long as it was red because I knew that, no matter what, it would taste amazing.
These super berry orange pops are a great rendition of the classic red, cold summer treat. But these pops contain six grams of protein per serving and no artificial flavors, dyes, or sugars, making them a more wholesome choice compared to the empty calories of a Big Stick. Plus, with the addition of Tropical Strawberry Shakeology, these ice pops pack a nutritional punch.
Enjoying a tasty popsicle between meals sounds like a sweet deal to me. And to sweeten it a little more, there are only four ingredients in these Shakeology popsicles, making them a quick and easy task for busy kids at heart like you and me. Just blend, pop them in the freezer, spend some time in the pool and, in no time, a fresh round of super berry ice pops will be ready to enjoy!
Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings, 1 pop each
½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice
½ cup 100% orange juice
½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1½ scoops Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
1. Place cranberry juice, orange juice, raspberries, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into ice pop molds.
3. Freeze for at least four hours, or until set.
I am the bearer of the good news YAY!!! Beachbody is going International!!! I know that you have all been waiting patiently (or maybe not LOL) for the details of when Beachbody will be going international. The good news is […]
WHAT IS BIOFEEDBACK BIOFEEDBACK is a type of therapy that uses sensors attached to your body to measure key body functions. Biofeedback is intended to help you learn more about how your body works. This information may help you to develop better control […]
1 large ripe avocado just under 1 cup mashed
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup dark chocolate the closer to 100% cocoa bar, the less sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey optional! Use stevia for a new sugar option
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch unrefined sea salt
1. Preheat your oven to 355°F.
2. Grease or line an 8″ square cake pan or brownie pan.
3. In a food processor, puree your avocado with your eggs, vanilla and water until smooth.
4. Melt your chocolate and mix through your avocado mix in the food processor.
5. Add in your cocoa, honey, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.
6. If your mixture is too thick, add another 1 tbsp or so of water to combine.
7. Scoop your mixture out of your food processor into your prepared pan, smoothing out the top and spreading out the mix to all of the edges.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and a skewer inserted removes clean.
Ingredients 2, 16 oz cans Eden Organic Refried Pinto Beans Beans Cumin Sea salt 3 Avocados 1.5 cups plain greek yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon garlic salt Organic/Low Sugar Salsa Thin Sliced Organic Romaine Lettuce Diced Tomatoes Diced Bell Peppers Diced Red Onion […]
Maddie’s Salad Roasted red and golden beets, wild baby arugula, onion, cherry tomatoes and super foods – kale, quinoa and blueberries-topped with goat cheese, spiced pecans and fig balsamic dressing. Add side of grilled prawns. The best salad. Ever. 😉 Enjoy!
Summer Slim-down Foods
With summer season coming, we all desire to control cravings, banish belly bulge and de-buff that gut of ours to look good in a swimsuit. So you can start adding one or all of these scrumptious slim-down foods into your daily health routine.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Omega-3 Fat
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show may help control appetite, increase calorie burning and decrease the amount of fat your body stores.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: High water-content
Watermelon is 92% water. Research shows foods with high water-contentmay help you naturally eat significantly fewer calories per meal.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Soluble Fiber
This root-veggie is an excellent source of fiber. Belly-fillingfiber has the power to fill you up without filling you out. It also stabilizes blood sugar, which helps to control cravings and hunger after you eat.
Bonus: High soluble-fiber intake strikes a blow to belly fat.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: MUFA’S
A diet rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (a type of heart-healthy fat), prevents central abdominal fat. Plus, research shows avocado-eaters have a lower BMI and smaller waist circumference than non avocado-eaters.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes chronic fat storing around the belly section. Studies shows that stress can cause abdominal fat even in people who are otherwise thin.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: MCFA’s
Medium–chain fatty acids are easy for the body to digest; meaning the fat calories are utilized as a “quick” energy source without an insulin surge, allowing the body to burn fat. A recent study of participants in a weight loss program showed that those who consumed MCFA’s, such as the ones naturally found in coconut oil, lost more weight than those who consumed olive oil. Not all fat is bad; we need fat in order to live. However, even with the healthier types, it’s still important to be mindful of moderation.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Fermentation
Kombucha contains “beneficial” bacteria, also known as probiotics, which help keep your gut in check. Probiotics are shown to boost your immune system and keep you regular, while on the other hand, bad gut bacteria, research shows, may be linked to weight gain.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that aids in digestion and may help banish bloating. The more a food is broken down during the digestion process, the less bloating we feel, and the less bloat, the more bikini-body ready we feel.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Gingerols
Research suggests ginger plays a critical role in weight management by enhancing thermogenesis and reducing feelings of hunger post ginger consumption. Any substance that stimulates the body’s resting metabolic rate raises body heat and burns calories, is called a thermogenic agent. Bonus: Ginger reduces stress, which can result in less emotional eating.
Chicken soup is a worldwide cure-all for cold days, stuffy noses, and general under-the-weather moments. If you are a regular cook, then you should try making your own broth. It’s a good economical way to use a whole chicken and the remaining meat can […]